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Court fails to hear Uladi Mussa case

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Parliamentary commitments of the first accused in the passport and citizenship case, Uladi Mussa, as well as the official engagements of principal State witness Hudson Mankhwala have forced the High Court sitting in Lilongwe to adjourn the case to March.

The case was set for hearing on Wednesday and Thursday but lead State prosecutor, Kamudoni Nyasulu, told the media after meeting judge Chifundo Kachale in his chambers that Mussa could not make it to the court due to the ongoing meeting of Parliament.

Nyasulu also said Mankhwala is outside the country on official duties and would not be back in the country until Friday.

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“The case has been adjourned today for two reasons. The first one is that the first accused is attending the Parliament meeting and he could not make it for this hearing. The second one is that the principal witness, who was testifying last time and was supposed to continue today, is in a meeting in South Africa,” Nyasulu said.

He said the case would be back in court from March 10 to 12.

Mankhwala was expected to continue testifying in the case, in which Mussa and former Senior Assistant Chief Immigration Officer, David Kwanjana, are accused of aiding foreigners to unlawfully acquire Malawian passports and citizenship documents.

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Mussa and Kwanjana are answering two counts of negligence of official duty and using public office to the advantage of somebody.

Some Burundians, Rwandese and Ugandans, who are also suspects in the case, are accused of influencing Mussa and Kwanjana to unlawfully approve Malawian citizenship applications for 50 foreigners.

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